Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip is one of the most beloved ever. The Schultz family and fans are very protective of the characters, but the family has joined with Blue Sky Studios to create a new animated film called Peanuts. The family's behind it, but will fans love it?
Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip is one of the most beloved ever. The Schultz family and fans are very protective of the characters, but the family has joined with Blue Sky Studios to create a new animated film called Peanuts. The family’s behind it, but will fans love it?
There are a couple of reasons for hardcore Peanuts fans to be wary about the film. Firstly, the film is in 3D. Secondly, it’s a new story. The newer Peanuts specials have not been anything to write home about. Call it a love for nostalgia, but the original Peanuts specials have a special, dry vibe that just can’t be replicated. Not to mention that true fans might compare this film to the 1969 2D animated film, A Boy Named Charlie Brown. The film is a classic, hands-down, from the artistic and sometimes experimental animation (directed by one of the animation greats, Bill Melendez) to the realistic and sometimes depressing life of Charlie Brown and his journey from a nobody to a spelling bee celebrity.
But fans shouldn’t worry too much – yet. USA Today has talked to Craig Schulz, a producer of the film. Schulz, one of Charles’ sons, said that he believes a Peanuts film is “long overdue.” “The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right.” Schulz said that the family has been very cautious about what projects they would undertake concerning Charles’ characters. “I’m way more protective than my father would have been,” said Schulz. “Our No. 1 goal was always to be authentic to this work and legacy.” Not only is Schulz producing, but his son, Bryan (along with his writing partner Cornelius Uliano) have penned the script. Schulz said that “three generations of Schulzes” are working on this film; that fact alone should make people feel better about the upcoming film.
Also, the animation isn’t really as 3D as you might expect. Sure, it’s made in the computer, but the artistic goal isn’t for Pixar-esque clarity; Blue Sky Studios is keeping the original feel of the characters. What the studio seems to be doing instead is simply freshening up the designs to be more effective for today’s audiences. For the most part, the characters still retain some 2D charm, but with more painterly, airbrushed shading. The overall look is quite encouraging.
Still worried? Take a look at the trailer.
Peanuts, which, as Uproxx states, is directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who) and produced by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), will be in theaters Nov. 6, 2015. What do you think about Peanuts? Talk about it in the comments section below.
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